cold comfort

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Noun[edit]

cold comfort (countable and uncountable, plural cold comforts)

  1. (idiomatic) Much less reassurance, consolation, aid, or pleasure than one needs or desires.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, sc. 1:
      Shall I complain on thee to our mistress,
      whose hand, she being now at hand, thou shalt soon
      feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office?
    • 1844, James Fenimore Cooper, Miles Wallingford, ch. 6:
      A cold breakfast was very cold comfort.
    • 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs, At the Earth's Core, ch. 9:
      At least I should not die alone. Human eyes would watch me end. It was cold comfort I presume, but yet I derived some slight peace of mind from the contemplation of it.
    • 2010 April 8, Ben Lando, "U.S. Officials Downplay Rash of Baghdad Attacks," Time:
      But statistics are cold comfort when the latest explosion has leveled a nearby building.

References[edit]